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In the wake of a dramatic policy shift for the Xbox One, you might be thinking Microsoft is ready to make further changes, such as the £429 launch price and Kinect requirement – not so, says Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten.

"We really believe deeply in the value that we're delivering," Whitten told Joystiq. "Not just for the first day of launch, which we think is going to be amazing, with amazing games and entertainment experiences, but what this architecture can deliver over the long term.

"We feel good about our price."

And it's a similar story for Kinect, which is seen by many as the reason for the £80 price difference between the Xbox One and PS4.

"We still absolutely believe in Kinect," continued Whitten. "It's a core part of the architecture. Frankly, it's really critical that you build it as something that's always there, always part of the platform. So that game creators, experience creators can know they can rely on it. And you, the user, that there's always a consistent experience. That it's not just an accessory." Analysis

With game ownership, sharing and online check-ins no longer an issue, is the Xbox One back on your radar, or is the £429 asking price simply too high to make it a realistic purchase this holiday season?

Source: Joystiq

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like many people out there , i wont get the new consoles when they come out. price is too high and not many games are available and many are already available for the xbox 360 and ps3. i own a ps3 and a 360 and i have plenty of games and i know these consoles are not backward compatible too. unless they get the price Under 300$us and bring us many real new games , i wont be getting any of them.
Posted 09:10 on 15 November 2013
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Endless@ CheekyLee

I never said I thought it was a cool advancement for gaming :P I'm quite happy, in fact welcoming, of a device that fulfills multiple needs. The fewer triple-digit entertainment boxes I have in my living room the better.

If I could attach my computer to the Xbox One with the same level of integration as they have for TV/media service, then that would be even better!
Posted 16:59 on 23 June 2013
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CheekyLee@ FantasyMeister

The best way to cure yourself of thinking Kinect is a cool advancement for gaming is to actually use it.
Posted 00:08 on 22 June 2013
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FantasyMeister@ Endless

I'm the same but different, if I thought it was a cool advancement for gaming I would buy it. But I don't.
Posted 23:50 on 21 June 2013
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Tha mandatory inclusion of kinect is about the most important thing they DO need to stick to imo. There's no way developers are going to bother doing anything with it while it's an optional extra; With it being a 100% guarantee being in an Xbox One home devs are free to exploit it's advantages without having to worry about whether users have it available.

They do not need to make the same mistake as they did with the HDD in the 360.

I've always liked the idea of kinect, but it's been prohibitively expensive for me to buy in to. This isn't really any different; £80 is still £80. If I had the money I would buy it because I think it's a cool advancement. But I don't.
Posted 22:08 on 21 June 2013
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FantasyMeister@ CCastiel

I guess a lot of 360 owners want the funds for a PS4. I don't think I'll be selling mine, it has a decent digital library as well as over 160 hard copy titles which I'll still get a few years of good fun out of.
Posted 20:59 on 21 June 2013
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CCastiel@ Fosl

I agree 100%, I see a lot of posts on reddit from people selling their Xbox 360's and I just think to myself why I could understand your dislike for the Xbox One but the 360 is still a great console. I find Kinect interesting but I wouldn't pay an extra £80 for it.
Posted 19:46 on 21 June 2013
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Personally, I see no reason for them to back down on the price. The console is worth what it is worth, at the end of the day. Regardless of price, the market will only ever pay what it is willing to, and unless that Kinect camera that I have absolutely no use or desire for becomes a free extra, then it is above the price I am willing to pay for one. Free Market Economy 101.
Posted 18:48 on 20 June 2013

pblive@ Clockpunk

The streaming media services you get on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U and will get on PS4 and Xbox One are pretty good, yes. Nice to have that choice of services, too.

But as long as they still take second place to good games. Xbox One does seem to have these games (at least from previews we've seen), so anything else is an extra.

It's clear that some will want these extras and will pay more for them and some will not. It's just a shame the exclusive ones won't be available at launch.

So, essentially, at launch you are paying extra for Kinect. Again, that's all down to choice and whether you've bought in to the whole Kinect thing. I've had fun with the limited use of Kinect 1.0 and I'm hoping the new improved version can drive some interesting concepts forward, but I'm not 100% sure whether it will. I think that's only because we were burned by what Kinect first promised before we realised the reality. Maybe the new model can deliver, though.

So £80 extra is really focused on Kinect and those exclusives. The pricing is probably right for the extra hardware. Whether Xbox One is worth it will be purely down to your personal tastes.
Posted 18:41 on 20 June 2013
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Fosl@ CCastiel

The manditory Kinect on board is why as a Xbox and Xbox 360 owner, I will not buy a Xbone. but will rather keep my 360 or jump to PS4.
If they also market a "kinectless" xbone, then I would buy one.
For MS to say that I can just turn off kinect at the console settings are just words.
I would need to know that the kinect is truly off via its power source connector (cord or USB cable unplug) "A must have in order to Game?" No, thank you.
Posted 18:34 on 20 June 2013
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My partner watches a lot of iPlayer, 4oD and Netflix on the 360 as it is. Quite often more than half the people signed in on my frieds list are watching some media service or another...

You may not like it personally, but such media services are undeniably a convenient development that cannot be ignored.
Posted 16:30 on 20 June 2013
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Still too expensive, honestly both consoles don't seem to be as different as each other, why would I pay an extra £80 to play mostly the same games. I also still have a problem with the Kinect listening in on me.
Posted 16:21 on 20 June 2013
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DancingRhino@ FantasyMeister

But you can watch TV on it and change channels!? WTF that presentation was about I have no idea. I like how staunchly Simon Miller seems in the xbox camp on all this stuff, defending that presentation and stuff :)

Yeah from a next gen console I would want it to play films and music, but that's about it. I don't want to surf the web on it, watch tv on it, use it as an umberalla or anything else.
Posted 12:42 on 20 June 2013
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XBox One is still off my radar. Feels like paying £4.29 for a Swiss Army knife that is mostly tools you already have when you can pay £3.49 for a screwdriver that'll do exactly the job you want it to.
Posted 12:31 on 20 June 2013


Last week you weren't changing your DRM policies, so who knows what could happen.
Posted 11:57 on 20 June 2013
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